Meditations on Cosmopolitan Peace

Meditations on Cosmopolitan Peace

The University of West Georgia’s College of Arts and Humanities recently hosted the first lecture in its 2015 Ethics and Society Speaker Series. “Interspecies Ethics: Medications on Cosmopolitan Peace” featured Dr. Cynthia Willett, author of Interspecies Ethics and a philosophy professor from Emory University. Dr. Willett argued that ethics can exist among multiple species and can be grounded in ways other than through rationality. She drew upon the work of primatologists and anthropologists in addition to other animal theorists to make a compelling case for “communitarian cohabitation.” “While humans are armed with a range of rational laws, it is not at all clear that these laws have raised us above other social animals in regard to fairness and the treatment of others,” she said.

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